Sunday, April 21, 2013

Church Record Sunday: Digital Public Library of America

It's always exciting when a new resource comes online. This week Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) debuted.


What is the DPLA? According to their history page:

Many universities, public libraries, and other public-spirited organizations have digitized materials, but these digital collections often exist in silos. The DPLA  brings these different viewpoints, experiences, and collections together in a single platform and portal, providing open and coherent access to our society’s digitized cultural heritage.

You can read more about this new resource from this article by Public Radio International.

A search on the keyword "church" brought up 32,451 hits. This is the total hits for today, as DPLA has other items added that number will grow. Below, I highlighted some of the features of this website including a breakdown of the types of formats and institutions.



Here's an example of one hit for a 1913 booklet commemorating the opening of a Swedish Christian Mission Church in Duluth Minnesota.


Take an opportunity to search this website by a keyword or keyword phrase including the name of the church your ancestor attended, the auxiliary they were a member of, and the place they lived.

This is a great resource for all kinds of digitized documents. Whether you are researching church records or other types of documents and images, check the Digital Public Library of America out!

3 comments:

Mariann Regan said...

Thank you, Gena! I am going to check this out. My ancestors were deeply connected with many churches. Probably many of my female ancestors are there.

Thank you!

Gena Philibert-Ortega said...

Thanks for stopping by Mariann! It's always great to find new resources. I think DPLA will be an important resource for family historians.

Jana Last said...

Gena,

I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2013/04/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-april-25.html

Have a great weekend!